Thursday, June 24, 2004
 
Simplicity

Simplicity is freedom. Duplicity is bondage. Simplicity brings joy and balance. Duplicity brings anxiety and fear. Simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style. One cannot truthfully exist without the other. It is a puity of heart, and this is to will only one thing. What is it that you will? Richard E. Byrd, after months alone in the barren Arctic, recorded in his journal, "I am leaning that a man can live profoundly without masses of things."

God made us simple, our complex problems are of our own devising (Eccles. 7:30).

When we are truly in this interior simplicity our whole appearance is franker, more natural. This true simplicity makes us conscious of a certain openness, gentleness, innocence, gaiety, and serenity, which is charming when we see it near to and continually, with pure eyes. O, how amiable this simplicity is! who will gie it to me? I leave all for this. It is the Pearl of the Gospel. --François Fénelon

It is a psychosis to define people by how much they can produce or what they earn. This psychosis permeates even our mythology. The modern hero is the poor boy who purposefully becomes rich rather than the rich boy who voluntarily becomes poor. Covetousness we call ambition. Hoarding we call prudence. Greed we call industry. Lusting for affluence is psycotic because it is not reality. We crave for that which we need not nor enjoy. We buy things to impress people we do not like.

So, what do you have that you can do without? Are you willing to part with it? How would you part with it?


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